September 19, 2019
After what seems like a lifetime, Venus Williams is showing her father, Richard Williams, off again. The tennis champion and sister to Serena Williams took to Instagram to share a photo of her and Richard.
In the snapshot, Venus has her arms tightly wound around her father, who smiles feebly at the camera. Venus is rocking a green tank top over a flowery skirt and finishes her look off with a gray tennis cap.
Richard, on the other hand, has on a multi-colored shirt with a pair of basketball shorts. He also has a wide-brim beach hat in his left hand. The post which inspired melancholic feelings amongst fans has the caption:
"My last practice before China. Dad, the OG came out; he always comes out. I know you all don't get to see him on tour as much anymore, but he never misses a home practice. @wuhanopen here I come @chinaopen right after. Oh, the excitement."
Venus' fans who love seeing Richard in better shape took to her comment section to share their thoughts and feelings.
"We miss you, Mr. Williams. Take a bow you raised two Queens of tennis," one fan stated.
A second fan added:
"The visionary. Respect. Treasure him every day."
Another fan commented:
"As a parent, and generally as a human, his love is deeply moving to witness."
A fourth said:
"I love to see Daddy out there supporting you V have a great run in China!"
Richard has been in a terrible medical condition that reduced his speaking abilities to almost non-existent according to a Daily Mail report. The 77-year-old suffered two strokes back in 2016 in addition to the neurological condition which affects his mouth.
The report also claims that the disease caused the tennis coach to hand power of attorney to his son, Chavoita LeSane, who doubles as his interpreter.
Barely a year after the stroke attacks, Richard divorced his third wife, Lakeisha Graham. The then 75-year-old claimed that Lakeisha was stealing his Social Security checks
Richard also accused the then 38-year-old woman of forging his name on a deed transfer. Richard and Lakeisha had a 5-year-old son, whom Richard didn't want staying with Lakeisha because she was allegedly staying with someone who had pending "criminal felony charges."